Fort Point Light (Maine)

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Fort Point Light
Fort point light station.jpg
Fort Point Light in September, 2005.
Fort Point Light (Maine) is located in Maine
Fort Point Light (Maine)
Location Penobscot River Entrance
Coordinates 44°28′1.682″N 68°48′42.058″W / 44.46713389°N 68.81168278°W / 44.46713389; -68.81168278Coordinates: 44°28′1.682″N 68°48′42.058″W / 44.46713389°N 68.81168278°W / 44.46713389; -68.81168278
Year first constructed 1836
Year first lit 1857 (current structure)
Automated 1988
Tower shape Square Brick Tower
Markings / pattern White
Focal height 88 feet (27 m)
Original lens 4th order Fresnel Lens
Current lens Original
Range 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristic F W
Fog signal HORN: 1 every 10s
USCG number 1-3580[1][2]
Fort Point Light Station
Nearest city Stockton Springs, Maine
Built 1857
Architect US Army Corps of Engineers
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body U.S. Coast Guard
MPS Light Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP Reference # 87002269[3]
Added to NRHP March 23, 1988

The Fort Point Light is located in Maine's 120-acre (49 ha) Fort Point State Park. The park is located on Fort Point, a small peninsula running eastward from Cape Jellison, at the entrance to the Penobscot River.[4] The station was established in 1837 and was the first river light in Maine. It was automated in 1988 and remains an active aid to navigation.

The light's fourth order fresnel lens is one of only eight fresnel lenses still in use in Maine.[5] The original fog signal, a 1,200-pound (540 kg) cast iron bell suspended on a pyramidal tower built in 1890, is still visible today, although it has been replaced by a fog horn in the same building.[2][4]

As Fort Point Light Station, the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 23, 1988, reference number 87002269.[3]


Fog signal tower in September, 2005 
Fog signal bell 


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 31. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Fort Point State Historic Site". State of Maine, Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks & Land. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Classical Lenses in Operation" (PDF). US Coast Guard. 2009-08-06.